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Majors


MB Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2013:

All business majors must take the basic business core, plus three 300-level elective courses. MB 399 - Professional Internship in Business  may not be counted as satisfying one of the three 300-level elective requirements of the major.

The basic business core is composed of the following courses: MB 107 , MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 234 , MB 235 , MB 306 , MB 338 , MB 349 , EC 103 , EC 104 , and EC 237  or MS 104  or SO 226 .

The suggested course sequence for the major is: MB 107 , EC 104 , MB 234 , EC 103 , MB 235 , EC 237 , MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 306 , MB 338 , 300-level electives (three); MB 349  (senior year only). Students planning to study abroad during their junior year must have completed MB 234  and MB 235  and EC 237  before they go.


MB Major for students who entered Skidmore in fall 2013
(Class of 2017):

All business majors must take the basic business core, plus three 300-level elective courses. MB 399 - Professional Internship in Business  may not be counted as satisfying one of the three 300-level elective requirements of the major.

The basic business core is composed of the following courses: MB 107 , MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 234 , MB 235 , MB 240 , MB 306 , MB 338 , MB 349 , EC 103 , EC 104 , and EC 237  or MS 104  or SO 226 .

The suggested course sequence for the major is: MB 107 , EC 104 , MB 234 , EC 103 , MB 235 , EC 237 , MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 240 , MB 306 , MB 338 , 300-level electives (three); MB 349  (senior year only). Students planning to study abroad during their junior year must have completed MB 234  and MB 235  and EC 237  before they go.
 

MB Major for students who entered Skidmore in fall 2014 and beyond (Class of 2018 and beyond):

All business majors must take the basic business core, plus three 300-level elective courses and two courses in a foreign language or foreign literature (FLL). The following courses may not be counted as satisfying one of the elective requirements of the major: MB 190 , MB 240 , MB 299 , MB 399 .

The basic business core is composed of the following courses: MB 107 , MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 234 , MB 235 , MB 240 , MB 306 , MB 338 , MB 349 , EC 103 , EC 104 , andEC 237  or MS 104  or SO 226 .

The suggested course sequence for the major is: MB 107 , EC 104 , FLL, MB 234 , MB 235 , EC 103 , EC 237  or MS 104  or SO 226 , MB 214 , MB 224 , FLL, MB 240 , MB 306 , MB 338 , 300-level electives (three), MB 349  (senior year only). Students planning to study abroad during their junior year must have completed MB 234 , MB 235 , and EC 237  or MS 104  or SO 226  before they go. Students are encouraged to take both foreign language courses (FLL) before they go abroad

SIX DIMENSIONS FOR STUDYING MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS IN CONTEXT: The Department of Management and Business offers a firm education in the functional areas of management, marketing, accounting, and finance. In addition, the department has adopted six dimensions for studying management and business in context to help our students become well-rounded leaders in an increasingly complex world. These dimensions push students to explore the core disciplines of management and business within a spectrum of conceptual frameworks and perspectives drawn from various disciplines in the liberal arts and a contextual understanding of business operations and economic forces (e.g., historical, cultural, global, environmental, etc). MB courses may fulfill one of these dimensions or several of them, depending on the course content.

I. History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Management and Business
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to gain an historical understanding of the field and/or become familiar with the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of business and management as they relate to organizational decision-making.

II. Media, Technology, and Innovation
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to engage with and use technology or to examine the role played by media, technology, and/or innovation in shaping organizations, the business world, product design and consumption, customer/employee communication, supply chains, relations at work, etc.

III. Culture and Global Awareness
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to understand both the cultural dimensions of persons and organizations as well as the global-cultural context of business.

IV. Creativity and the Arts
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for the centrality of creativity and artistic imagination to business, organizations, and entrepreneurship while simultaneously helping students grasp the commercial dimension of artistic production and dissemination.

V. Natural Environment and Sustainability
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to learn about close connections between business organizations and the natural environment, while highlighting issues of sustainability.

VI. Government and Politics
Courses that fulfill this dimension provide an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the complex relationship between businesses, organizations, national governments, and global institutions (e.g., the impact of regulatory frameworks and public policy).


WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: Written communication skills are an essential part of education in management and business. The Management and Business Department is committed to helping students enhance their writing skills in order to advance their ability to communicate in written form and to prepare them for their professional careers. While business students are expected to write at a high level of proficiency throughout the department’s curriculum (in 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses), students will learn the conventions of writing in the discipline through an array of assignments in the curriculum including case study analyses, strategic business proposals, literature reviews, critical essays, research papers, and financial forecasting and projections. The department provides each student with an Assessment Criteria Rubric that outlines standards and expectations for writing assignments in the discipline. While the successful completion of MB 214 , MB 224 , MB 306 , and MB 349  explicitly fulfills the writing requirement in management and business, the department expects students to demonstrate writing competence in all departmental courses.

SERVICE LEARNING IN THE MAJOR: The Department of Management and Business views service learning as an important component of undergraduate business education. Students majoring in management and business are required to complete a service-learning requirement (e.g., MB 240 ) to learn the value of civic engagement in the college and the larger community.

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MAJORS
In conjunction with other departments, the Management and Business Department offers interdepartmental majors in Business-French, Business-German, Business-Spanish, Business-Economics, and Business-Government. See Interdepartmental Majors 

See Management and Business  or Business Honors